Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with Friend Community on Tuesday, July 30 from 2:00 to 5:30 at Sharon Baptist Church located at 2414 HWY 92. Each blood donor will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and voucher for free admission to their choice of Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1 entry) or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa (2 entries).
“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said Daren Coats, Vice President of Western Division Operations. “People go out of town, and are busy with activities, and get out of their normal routine of giving blood. We encourage healthy adults to spare just an hour of their time to save the lives of their neighbors.”
Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each dayto meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation can save as many as three lives. O-Negative donors are particularly needed, since their rare blood type is the only blood type that is transfused in emergencies when blood type is unknown.
Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.
If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.
As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide.
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.